State-of-the-Art Speakers

Dr Rana Sharara-Chami

Dr Sharara-Chami graduated with distinction from the American University Medical School.

She completed her residency training in Pediatrics in North Carolina Children's Hospital and her fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where she also practiced before returning to the American University of Beirut Medical Center.

She's currently actively involved in medical education and has established a simulation program from interest in the cultural effects on simulation, especially during debriefing.

She founded, with others, the "Culture Club", where research ideas and interests in simulation culture are entertained, discussed and planned.


Dr Michaela Kolbe

Dr Michaela Kolbe is the director of the Simulation Centre of the University Hospital Zürich.

She has been studying team processes such as debriefings for many years.

Her particular research interest includes the social dynamics of “speaking up” across the authority gradient and across disciplines in healthcare.

Michaela Kolbe’s Ph.D. is in psychology and she is a member of the faculty at ETH Zurich.

She publishes widely in psychological, healthcare and simulation journals and books, and is a member of the Editorial Board of BMJ STEL and GIO, and Associate Editor of Advances in Simulation. 


Peter Dieckmann

Peter Dieckmann, PhD, Dipl-Psych, is work and organisational psychologist working with the Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES), and Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the University of Stavanger.

Peter is Past President of SESAM and Senior Editor of Advances in Simulation. His research interest lies in exploring the many roles that simulation can play in improving patient safety - especially when working with everyday situations, taking natural variation of processes into account.

Peter published research on simulation - investigating the use of simulation and research in simulation, where simulation is the research setting to investigate safety issues, like medication labels or care processes.

Peter is active facilitator trainer since 2004 and develops innovative teachings concepts around simulation.



Victoria Brazil

Victoria Brazil is an emergency physician and medical educator.

She is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at the Gold Coast Health Service, and at Bond University Medical Program.

Victoria’s main interests are in connecting education with patient care through healthcare simulation, technology-enabled learning, faculty development activities, and talking at conferences.

Victoria is an enthusiast of social media and #FOAMed world (@SocraticEM), and she is co-producer of Simulcast (


Robert MacAuley

Robert MacAuley is a Canadian-American citizen living in San Diego, California, where he has worked for the past 15 years in human simulation education at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine as a standardized patient, a standardized patient educator and now as the Director of the Standardizes Patient program.

He has been active in simulation education at a local level with the California Consortium for the Assessment of Clinical Competency (CCACC) as a member and former Chair of the Trainers' Committee, and on a national/international level as a proud member of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) where he serves on the Board of Directors as the Chair of the Website and Social Media Committee.



Lauren Collins

Lauren Collins, MD, is Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Geriatrics at Thomas Jefferson University, Co-Director of Jefferson’s Center for Interprofessional Education (JCIPE) and former Director of Jefferson’s Health Mentors Program.

In 2015, she was selected as one of five recipients of the Macy Faculty Scholars Program from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and selected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Medicine in 2018.

In addition, she has received the American Academy of Family Physicians' Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, Jefferson’s IPE Education Award, three AAMC/Macy Collaborative Development Awards and a HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award.

Dr Collins has served as Principal Investigator of a five year HRSA-funded undergraduate medical education grant, The Jefferson Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Predoctoral Education Project.

Dr Collins serves as a peer reviewer and/or editorial board member for six peer-reviewed journals, has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 national presentations. She teaches and advises students, and serves on multiple committees for interprofessional education, practice and research.

Dr Collins’ career focus and passion is for IPE, curricular innovation and scholarship.

Dr Collins received her undergraduate degree with honors from Princeton University, and she completed her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College, and a family medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.